Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
There's a bit of a glaze, but it was exciting to be able to photograph a family of wild turkeys without getting out of my chair. It was one of those times that I kept the camera close by wile grading papers in the office at FRC. I sneaked outside as quietly as possible, but these birds don't stay alive by being careless. By the time I got out the door, they had already disappeared around the first corner.
When I got to that corner, made famous recently by the presence of a rattlesnake in the retaining wall, I barely got off a camera shot before the babies rounded the next corner. The parents were well ahead of them.
When I got to the next corner, I spotted the mom part way up the hill waiting for the babies.
A few more steps and I was able to get the whole family in one shot before they disappeared into the forest. Very nice experience, made possible by the near absence of humans. Seeing this on the day after Independence Day reminded me that the turkey was once under consideration for our national bird. Maybe now it should be the Dodo.